By Zach Osowski
The Herald Bulletin
---- — DALEVILLE — Mike Whitworth, commander of American Legion Post 446, wanted to get some exposure for the post. So the American Legion hosted a car show Sunday in its parking lot.
"It (the car show) was something we were wanting to try to draw attention to our legion," Whitworth said, "so we can get more support and get more veterans to come in."
Whitworth said the car show was, in part, geared toward getting younger veterans to come for the cars and learn what the legion is all about.
The car show also drew a group called The Old Farts. Member Monty Johnson said a group of five of them from New Castle travel to car shows all over the state.
Johnson brought his green 1966 Dodge Charger to the show. The original owner of the car, Johnson bought it for $3,200 as a family car. He drove it around for four years, then decided to clean it up and start showing it.
Now that he's retired, he enjoys going to car shows and meeting new people.
"I like to go to see the different cars and meet some new people," Johnson said. "You see a lot of different stuff."
Larry Gilbert is a little newer to the car-show world, but he's trying to make up ground fast. Sunday, he showed off the 1972 Monte Carlo that his wife bought for him two years ago.
Gilbert got into car shows through his son-in-law, who is a drag racer and routinely went to car shows. Gilbert has always been interested in cars; his son-in-law rekindled the interest.
Now he goes to as many shows as he can.
"I usually try to go to one or two shows a weekend," Gilbert said. "And that's year round."
The turnout for the first car show the legion has hosted in years wasn't as good as Whitworth had hoped, but he said the post accomplished its ultimate mission to get exposure.
"We're trying something new, trying to people in," he said.
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